Carmen Nge**, seorang teman, menulis begini selepas bersembang dan mengikuti satu acara yang kami anjurkan pada September tahun lepas. Artikel ini diterbitkan untuk edisi Options 2 akhbar The Edge (Disember 2004). Teks di bawah diambil di laman blog beliau, Small Acts:
Fathi [Aris Omar] kicked off this first seminar with a theoretically rigorous working paper about the relationship between culture and power, based on his observations of the Indonesian scene.
According to Fathi, all arts practitioners need to be aware of their embeddedness within their socio-historical contexts and cultural milieu.
Aesthetic appetites are not simply culled from idiosyncratic posturing and inner desires but are largely the products of our socialization and acculturation processes. Thus, the cliché that no man is an island is not without its layers of truth.
Drawing from semiotics, linguistics and cultural studies, Fathi’s observations are not new; intellectual giants such as Jurgen Habermas, Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu, among many others, have written and debated similar issues with greater philosophical complexity and theoretical insight.
What is certainly unique about Fathi’s paper is, however, his ability to access ideas that are crucial to our cultural compass and to examine them with unusual critical rigour.
** Terima kasih Carmen, so sweet :)